South Omaha takes center stage

South. When applied to Omaha, the word refers to a neighborhood and a school where cross-cultural intersections happen every day. South is also the working title and setting of a new play by Los Angeles playwright Michael John Garces. His original work is having its world premiere at South High on Wednesday, May 31 at […]

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Sowing the Seeds of Giving A New Approach to Addressing Community Needs Is Taking Root As the Public Sector Stumbles

Part 3 in a series Shaping strategic community goals in partnership with givers is part of the Chamber’s mission, said Brown. Everything the Chamber does, he said, is measured. “We incorporate most of the public and private foundations executive directors and staff into all of our strategic planning processes. We’ve invited them to be involved […]

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National Emergent Academic Program for Higher Education Studies Completion

The Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) and the Secretariat of Public Education announce the release of the National Emergent Academic Program for Higher Education Studies Completion (PUENTES) program from the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES).  This program has the objective that Mexicans living and studying in the United States who wish […]

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Cloture attempt on voter ID constitutional amendment fails

Senators from Nebraska Unicameral rejected a cloture motion May 9 during first-round debate on a measure that would ask Nebraskans to decide whether voters must show identification at the polls. LR1CA, introduced by Gretna Senator John Murante, would place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2018 general election ballot. If approved, the amendment would […]

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Our Stories, Our Voices report from HWC

The Heartland Workers Center (HWC) is releasing its findings in their community assessment report about South Omaha residents’ experiences and opinions on housing and neighborhoods, education, health, public services and assistance, employment, and political participation. Some of the main findings from this report are that nearly half (47.2%) of respondents say that their household must […]

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[:en]Sowing the Seeds of Giving A New Approach to Addressing Community Needs Is Taking Root As the Public Sector Stumbles[:es]Plantando las semillas de la bondad Un nuevo enfoque para afrontar las necesidades de la comunidad está sentando raíces mientras tropieza el sector público[:]

[:en]Originally printed in The Reader. Part 2 in a series. On a big picture scale, the Chamber engages in strategic planning. Rather than focusing almost exclusively on chasing “smokestack” industries, for the first time the Chamber has engaged a futurist and really expanded it’s community partnerships. For being one of the most highly awarded chamber […]

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Neighborhoods find their voice at conference

The City of Omaha hosts its first national Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) Conference May 24-27, when 800-plus neighborhood doers are expected to attend talks, workshops and tours highlighting grassroots revitalization in the places people call home. Some South Omaha doings will get their due among featured local neighborhoods and initiatives. Coordinator Roxanne Nielsen said NUSA connects […]

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ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS APPROVED

The Nebraska Legislature gave final approval May 2 to a bill that requires schools to adopt a policy to accommodate pregnant and parenting students. Introduced by Sen. Tony Vargas, LB427 requires school districts to adopt a written policy providing standards and guidelines to accommodate absences related to pregnancy and childcare for pregnant and parenting students […]

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AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT GOES TO THE SENATE

Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. With the 217-213 votes, Republicans obtained just enough support to push the legislation through the House, sending it to the Senate for consideration. Some senators have already voiced displeasure […]

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NEW SCHOLARSHIP FOR DACA STUDENTS

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will begin to offer a Hope for the Future Scholarship in Fall 2017, to assist students who are not eligible for financial aid, specifically students with undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival DACA statuses. DACA is a 2012 policy that allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to […]

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